Remove 20ft Confederate "Stonewall" Jackson statue from Manassas National Battlefield Park

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In the Manassas National Battlefield park there is a nearly 20 foot tall statue of confederate general "Stonewall" Jackson overlooking the park. The statue, made in 1940, during the era of Jim Crow laws, is a symbol of the "height of their [confederate] power" and is a disgrace to Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our entire nation.

The same park includes a small plaque to mention the home of a free African American, James Robinson, that was burned down and never rebuilt. The Robinson House was taken over and raided by union soldiers causing over $2,000 in damages and leaving thousands of bodies they were forced to bury on their property. 

The statue is not only disrespectful to The Robinsons and the thousands of people that died fighting to end slavery and racism in this country but to Americans on this day who are forced to be reminded of and look up at this man and the atrocities he committed. 

We, the undersigned, support:  

  1. The statue of Confederate general "Stonewall" Jackson should be removed from The Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  2. Capitol Area Director for the NPS Lisa Mendelson-Ielmini should listen to and act on these requests. 
    1. Contact: 202-619-7020 lisa_mendelson-ielmini@nps.gov
  3. The statue and others like it should be regarded as disgraceful remnants of a darker time in our nation's history that only serve to hold us back from advancing and growing as a society.

Send a pre-written email to Ms. Mendelson-lelmini demanding change and contact the VA Governor, Congresswoman Wexton, Senator Kaine, Senator Warner, or Delegate Roem